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N.L. Harvesters Seeing Record High Crab Prices

The news for Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishermen keeps getting better at every turn. After a dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 season, N.L. harvesters must be looking skyward, thinking some higher power must be looking down favourable upon them. The latest bit of good news came on April 25 from the province’s Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel. In late March, the Panel had sided with the FFAW’s proposed price of $5.73/pound over the Association of Seafood Producers’ (ASP) ...

2021 Northern Shrimp Price Drops to $1/Pound

While snow crab harvesters reap the rewards of record-setting prices this year, the same can’t be said for the struggling Northern shrimp fishery. The Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel recently announced that fishermen will be receiving $1/pound this year for their shrimp. The Fish Food and Allied Workers’ union (FFAW) had proposed a price of $1.50/pound to the Panel, but instead it chose the price offered by the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP). The ...

Cleary Behind Another Organization to Represent Independent Owner-Operators

After a hiatus of nearly two years, another attempt, involving a familiar name or two, is being made to form another organization representing inshore fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador. In April, a news release announced that a new group — the Seafood Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL), was being formed to serve as the independent voice of the province’s more than 3,000 licensed commercial inshore fish harvesters. “Owner-operators are a distinct group ...

2021 N.L. Snow Crab Season Begins on a High Note

After a somewhat dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 snow crab season, Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters have several reasons to feel good about their prospects in 2021. The first bit of good news for N.L. crab fishermen came on March 29 when the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the management plan for the 2021 snow crab fishery, which included a significant increase of 29 per cent in overall quotas. The second positive news of note came on March 31 when the N.L. Standing ...

Moderate Livelihood Fishery Concerns Continue

All eyes are on the federal government going into the end of the commercial lobster season in southwestern Nova Scotia this year, to see if Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan is good on her word. In a statement issued by Jordan on March 3, “effective this season, we will introduce a new path for First Nations to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood, one that addresses much of the feedback we’ve heard over the past year. It’s a path that is flexible, adaptable and based on three ...

Henry Vokey: Man of a Thousand Boats

Henry Vokey was truly a legend in his own time. He was a quiet, unassuming and humble family man who grew up in the small fishing village of Little Harbour, Trinity Bay — certainly not the kind of person we usually think about in a line that includes the word “legend.” A master boatbuilder, Henry was known as the man of a thousand boats. Like many Newfoundland and Labrador men, Henry developed a keen interest in the art of wooden boatbuilding when he was a boy. From a family of ...

Final Fisheries Regulation Amendments: Three Key Issues Addressed

The long-awaited amendments to federal fisheries regulations codifying key aspects of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) PIIFCAF policies, including prohibitions on “controlling agreements,” are finally final. Anticipated since the June 2019 Fisheries Act refresh, the final amendments to the regulations come with some surprises, often differing significantly from the proposed draft amendments the DFO initially released in July 2019. The amended regulations prohibit the transfer ...

Latest N.L. Snow Crab Assessment Showing Positive Signs

Some industry observers often refer to fishermen as eternal optimists. While others might debate that label, there was certainly quite a bit of optimism being expressed over the winter by Newfoundland snow crab fishermen regarding the upcoming 2021 season, particularly in NAFO fishing areas 3L and 3Ps. And for now, it appears that optimism might have been justified. For the fourth year in a row, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) presented a somewhat bright, yet ...

New Website Promoting Canadian Seafood

Canada is world-renowned for producing some of the most exceptional seafood in the world. The taste and quality of Canadian seafood is unlike anywhere else in the world. That is why Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, have launched a new website, Seafood from Canada, to promote the region’s seafood to international export markets. The new website is www.SeafoodfromCanada.ca “Canadian seafood harvesters, farmers and processors work tirelessly ...

When is a Plan Not a Plan?

For years there have been calls for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to develop a rebuilding plan for our Northern cod stocks. Leaving aside the larger question of whether it is even possible for humans to rebuild wild stocks, we want to look at what the department finally came up with just before Christmas to supposedly satisfy those calls. The federal rebuilding plan as presented by DFO begins with four overviews — a biological synopsis, an overview of the cod fishery, ...